Are seminar handouts keeping you from learning?

I recently read Marie Kondo's book, the life changing magic of tidying up.

I gained many new perspectives, but one that really struck me was about not keeping handouts from seminars.

It’s paradoxical, but I believe that precisely because we hang on to such materials, we fail to put what we learn into practice.

Marie Kondo points out that one benefit of going to a seminar is to "feel the passion of the teacher and experience that learning environment."  But the main point of going to a seminar is to learn something new and be able to put it into practice. 

If we make it our goal to apply the learning from a workshop right away, we will gain the true benefit. And a bonus is we don't end up with papers to file or clutter the office, or the subconscious burden of feeling like we should go back and re-read and then start applying the concepts.

If it's not the right time in our life to apply our new learning, we can always attend another workshop, or check out a book from the library or purchase a book in the future when we are ready.

Diana is the chief operations officer and project manager for Trebuchet Group.  She enables success for the business and our customers by keeping us all organized in a positive way. 

Diana is the chief operations officer and project manager for Trebuchet Group.  She enables success for the business and our customers by keeping us all organized in a positive way. 

I feel lighter already!

Photo courtesy of Grace Cooley.